A painting rarely proceeds from start to finish without rough spells . You can be sailing along beautifully and suddenly realize that you’re stuck on a reef. The painting you saw under way in A Long Weekend in the Colorado Caribbean had charcoal lines on the surface as I hadn’t resolved the palms. This week, let’s think about some techniques / rescue equipment for trying out differing solutions to a problem area.
Trying out ideas on the surface with vine charcoal. Marking to test curves, rhythm, design, etc. This helps with imagining how the painting might look with such changes. The vine (not compressed) charcoal dusts right off without leaving a mark when it is used over dry acrylic.
To see three other painting that are part of this commissioned series , check out these old lessons from back when this blog was The Virtual Art Salon:
I never showed the finished pieces, but there are some good tips in the posts.
Ports of Call, Part II